Belemnite
Belemnite Be*lem"nite, n. [Gr. ? dart, fr. ? dart, fr. ? to throw: cf. F. b['e]lemnite.] (Paleon.) A conical calcareous fossil, tapering to a point at the lower extremity, with a conical cavity at the other end, where it is ordinarily broken; but when perfect it contains a small chambered cone, called the phragmocone, prolonged, on one side, into a delicate concave blade; the thunderstone. It is the internal shell of a cephalopod related to the sepia, and belonging to an extinct family. The belemnites are found in rocks of the Jurassic and Cretaceous ages. -- {Bel*em*nit"ic}, a. [1913 Webster]

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  • bélemnite — [ belɛmnit ] n. f. • 1751; gr. belemnitês « pierre en forme de flèche » ♦ Paléont. Céphalopode marin fossile, proche de la seiche, dont on trouve la coquille, de forme allongée, dans les terrains de l ère secondaire. ● bélemnite nom féminin… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • bélemnite — BÉLEMNITE. sub. fém. (Pronon. Bélèmnite.) Espèce de fossile …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • belemnite — [bel′əm nīt΄] n. [< Gr belemnon, a dart, arrow, prob. akin to ballein, to throw (see BALL2) + ITE1] the cigar shaped fossilized internal shell of extinct cephalopods (order Belemnoidea) of the Mesozoic Era …   English World dictionary

  • BÉLEMNITE — s. f. (On prononce Bélèmnite. ) T. d Hist. nat. Il se dit de Certaines coquilles fossiles, de forme allongée, dont on ne connaît pas les analogues vivants. Il y a beaucoup d espèces de bélemnites …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • belemnite — /bel euhm nuyt /, n. Paleontol. a conical fossil, several inches long, consisting of the internal calcareous rod of an extinct animal allied to the cuttlefish; a thunderstone. [1640 50; < F bélemnite, equiv. to Gk bélemn(on) a dart (n. deriv.… …   Universalium

  • belemnite — noun An extinct group of Mesozoic marine cephalopod, very similar in many ways to the modern squid and closely related to the modern cuttlefish. In the universal decay this volatile substance had chanced to survive, perhaps through many thousands …   Wiktionary

  • belemnite — be·lem·nì·te s.m. TS paleont. mollusco fossile con conchiglia concamerata interna, appartenente al genere Belemnite | con iniz. maiusc., genere della famiglia dei Belemnitidi, distribuito dal Trias inferiore all Eocenico {{line}} {{/line}}… …   Dizionario italiano

  • belemnite — bel•em•nite [[t]ˈbɛl əmˌnaɪt[/t]] n. pal any cylindrical or conical fossil that represents the internal shell of a group of extinct cephalopods allied to the cuttlefish • Etymology: 1640–50; < F bélemnite < Gk bélemn(on) a dart, der. of… …   From formal English to slang

  • belemnite — noun Etymology: New Latin belemnites, from Greek belemnon dart; akin to Greek ballein to throw more at devil Date: 1646 any of various extinct cephalopods (order Belemnoidea) that had large often bullet shaped internal shells and were especially… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • BÉLEMNITE — n. f. T. d’Histoire naturelle Coquille fossile, de forme allongée, dont on ne connaît pas les analogues vivants. Il y a beaucoup d’espèces de bélemnites …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

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